February 24, 2018

Archives for January 2005

Osceola Library Reopens Main Branch After Hurricane Damage

By LJ Staff The Hart Memorial Central Library of the Osceola Library System, Kissimmee, FL, reopened earlier this month, after extensive repairs and renovation. It had been closed since August after damage from hurricanes Charley and Frances. About 40 percent of the building was damaged. During this period, some services were still provided through the […]

Phoenix Officials Cite Library Policies as Sex Offender Pleads Guilty

By LJ Staff When convicted sex offender Charlton Ward of Phoenix pleaded guilty last week to sexually exploiting a minor, local officials cited their efforts to more stringently monitor library use. Last year, probation officers found pictures of young children in Ward’s apartment as well as other evidence of his pedophilia, reported the Arizona Republic. […]

Phylip Roth and Bob Dylan Among NBCC Nominees

By LJ Staff An exciting, varied list of 2004 finalists was announced this week by the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC), which gives annual awards in five categories. In fiction, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America (Houghton), notoriously overlooked by the National Book Awards (NBA), is joined by Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker (Knopf), Alan […]

Seattle’s Central Library Garners Architectural Honors

By LJ Staff The new Central Library of the Seattle Public Library continues to gain kudos, as TIME magazine named it tops on its list of Best Architecture of 2004. "Step outside and it all amounts to something like a cubist sculpture that occupies an entire city block," wrote Richard Lacayo. Also, the Rem Koolhaas-designed […]

Flint’s Coles Tapped As ALC’s National Lifelong Access Director

By LJ Staff The Americans for Libraries Council (ALC) on January 21 named Gloria Coles, the veteran director of the Flint Public Library, MI, to direct its National Lifelong Access initiative, which targets older adults. The Lifelong Access Libraries program will be implemented by Libraries for the Future and supported by a $2.7 million grant […]

Colorado Libraries to Donate Fines to Tsunami Relief

By LJ Staff From Monday, January 24, through Sunday, January 30, more than a dozen Colorado libraries will dedicate a week of their fine collections to the American Red Cross, to aid survivors of the tsunami. Among the participating libraries (as of January 20) are the Arapahoe Library District, Aspen Public Library, Bud Werner Memorial […]

Patriot Act at NYC PL? Ashcroft Cites Intercepted Al Qaeda Plot

By LJ Staff In a farewell interview with Newsweek, departing Attorney General John Ashcroft cited the use of the USA PATRIOT Act at a public library in New York City to gain intelligence on Mohammed Junaid Babar, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen who acknowledged participating in a plot to blow up London pubs and train stations. […]

Salinas Vigil Leads to Confrontation

By LJ Staff At a candlelight vigil January 17 for the Salinas Public Library, CA, which is scheduled to close in the spring, Mayor Anna Caballero was confronted by residents who blamed her for supporting the closure. "You got a buck, let’s put it right here," Caballero countered, according to the Salinas Californian. Several tossed […]

Palo Alto Libraries Reopening on Saturdays

By LJ Staff The Palo Alto City Council on January 18 ordered City Manager Frank Benest to reinstitute Saturday hours at the city’s five library branches. The decision after city officials rejected library director Paula Simpson’s plan to close two branches in response to budget cuts. The libraries had dropped Saturday hours during the summer […]

SPARC, Allies Express Disappointment With NIH Delay

By LJ Staff In a letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Elias Zerhouni, the Alliance for Taxpayer Access (ATA) criticized the NIH’s apparent abandonment of a plan to offer free access within six months to NIH-funded journals. Association of American Publishers President Pat Schroeder said that Zerhouni had informed her that the policy […]